Obama 'Between Two Ferns' skit with Zach Galifianakis pitches health care

March 11, 2014 (WASHINGTON)

Watch the Funny or Die "Between Two Ferns" video with President Obama and Zach Galifianakis

Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed "Hangover Part III" during an interview on the website Funny or Die.

Galifianakis typically poses awkward questions to celebrity guests appearing on "Between Two Ferns," and Obama was no exception. After being asked how it felt to be "the last black president" and about the false notion that he was born in Kenya, the president pitched sign-ups for health care by the March 31 deadline.

Obama's appearance is part of an effort to reach young Americans crucial to the program's success.

Asked by Galifianakis whether he'd want a third term - which in any case is barred by the Constitution - Obama said, "If I ran again it would be sort of like doing a third 'Hangover' movie. It didn't really work out very well, did it?"

Galifianakis is a star of the "Hangover" franchise.

Galifianakis also hit the president with questions like, "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?"

Waste of time or brilliant political move by Obama? Early reaction was split, with some conservatives citing "antics like this" as evidence of America's declining credibility, and the president's supporters arguing that it's an ideal platform for plugging Obamacare — Funny or Die boasts about 4 million unique visitors per month, most of them in that coveted demographic of 18-35. The New York Times reports the show's creators first approached the president with the idea last summer; his advisers eventually decided it was worth the risk if it helped them "break through" to a younger generation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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